At University of Chicago, the Campus North Residential Commons, designed by our friends at Studio Gang, provides social spaces and experiences with a view towards “[enhancing] campus and academic life for today’s undergraduates,” says the Gang. The site covers a full city block and is poised as a new point of entry to the campus for the greater Hyde Park community,—Gang calls this a new “front door”—one which might encourage interactions among UofC students of diverse backgrounds, and strengthen connections between the campus and nearby communities. Campus North for short, the structure is more mixed-use than dormitory, providing a combination of student residences, dining options, amenities, outdoor green space, and even retail volumes. In terms of design the Campus North complex comprises three slender bar buildings woven into a fabric of plazas, gardens, walkways and courtyards; pre-cast concrete panels are used to clad the building, creating a contemporary facade but one informed by the neo-Gothic tradition of the campus’ architecture. The Campus North Residential Commons is LEED Gold certified featuring, among other sustainable interventions, argon-filled, low E insulated glass and continuous closed cell foam-insulated building envelope; additionally, all cooking oil from the Dining Commons is recycled into biofuel.
New renderings have been released by developer Tishman Speyer for 11 Hoyt Street, a 57-storey condo tower designed by our friends at Studio Gang, including views of interiors, amenity spaces, and its nearly 27,K SqFt private park, designed by our friends at Hollander Design. 11 Hoyt is rising next to the Fulton Street Macy’s where Tishman Speyer is transforming a 10-storey space above the store into a 620,K SqFt office hub called The Wheeler. 11 Hoyt is Jeanne Gang’s first residential project in NYC. The most notable feature of the development is undoubtedly its sprawling park, which features active and passive lawn spaces, barbecue pods, a sun deck (with a sauna), fitness deck, children’s play area and a “forest walk.” The Park Club amenity space, adjacent to the park, features a 75′ indoor saltwater pool, coworking and maker space, an exhaustive fitness center and other amenities. The facade of the tower is also notable for its scalloped concrete design. Also notable: the building’s 190 unique floorplans.